“Luck is a really interesting aspect of risk and chance,” says Cambridge University psychologist Dr Mike Aitken. Do you consider yourself lucky? How good are you at spotting opportunities that eventuate in lucky breaks?

Are you good at creating and noticing unexpected opportunities, making lucky decisions by listening to your intuition and adopting a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good? Unlucky people tend to be stuck in routines. When they see something new, they want no part of it. Lucky people are more prepared to take chances and are comfortable enough to see the opportunities in the first place.

Many people are blind to lucky breaks because they are so focused on a single goal that they don’t respond to opportunities.

Richard Wiseman (born 1966) is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Wiseman has studied the principles of good and bad luck, publishing the results in the self-help book The Luck Factor. After conducting thousands of interviews and hundreds of experiments, Wiseman believes he has cracked the code. Luck isn’t due to kismet, karma, or coincidence, he says. Instead, lucky people think and behave in ways that create good fortune in their lives. Wiseman found that lucky people are particularly open to possibility. Wiseman has identified four basic principles that have been scientifically proven to attract good fortune.

Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.

Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.

If success was just based on luck, then you would have no control over the direction of your life and business and “being unlucky” can become an excuse for failure or choosing never to start. If you feel you are heading down an unlucky path, change your mindset and create luck for yourself and your business by seeking out opportunities. You have to take chances to create success. The choices you make and the opportunities you take advantage of all affect the path you and your business will take.

“Most people are just not open to what’s around them,” Wiseman says. “That’s the key to it.”

Caroline Siassios

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